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Years of Upheaval Hardcover – March, 1982
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The Nixon/Kissinger team did the seemingly impossible by negotiating an end to the war in Vietnam. Sadly, after Congress refused further support to South Vietnam, all they could do was watch as the Communists systematically violated every agreement solemnly sworn to in Paris. His description of the strange alliance between liberals and conservatives to hamstring the presidency is interesting. George Wallace said, "Politics makes strange bedfellows!" Never were, "bedfellows," so strange as here.
The crisis in the Mid-east made the author a legend in his own time. He describes the key leaders and analyzes their positions and motivations brilliantly. From these analyses, the famous, "shuttle diplomacy" that forged a peace agreement between the seemingly intractable parties was born. Students of international relations should read this section carefully.
Not all was well. The Year of Europe, the Arab oil-embargo, and the decline of détente were all seen during this period. Regrettably, all probably could have been accomplished except for Watergate.
Kissinger shows how Watergate steadily sapped the presidents' base of support, preventing him from operating effectively. Congress, the media, and even some members of his own cabinet eventually turned on him.Read more ›
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This book is a difficult but well read book. My experience with the seller was exceptional! The book arrived well packaged and undamaged. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Rich D
Henry Kissinger gets slammed for self-promotion, but like the saying goes, 'it ain't bragging if you've done it,' and this volume is full of 'been there, done that' anecdotes. Read morePublished on July 30, 2007 by Rebecca and Oliver